As we transition from our “old” honors program to the new Interdisciplinary Minor in Honors, we have two programs concurrently. If you have any confusion about which program requirements apply to you or any questions, please contact your advisor.

Below is information for students in each program:

Students in the new program:

The Ithaca College Honors Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies equips students with diverse tools for addressing the complex challenges of today’s world. Students gain knowledge from multiple disciplines, select appropriate methods, and develop skills for dialogue and collaboration with interdisciplinary teams.

With the guidance of an Honors advisor, students design a pathway that includes intensive Honors academic seminars, global citizenship, cultural and civic engagement, and a culminating interdisciplinary scholarly or creative project.


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Students in the old program: Here is a helpful one-page checklist, which includes details about Scholarly Achievement points, for completing the old Honors Program!

Honors students in this program must complete a thesis. Here are copies of the Thesis Guidelines and Thesis Proposal Form, which are also available in Taskstream.

Advising Resources

A great team of people is available to Honors students for Advising.  You can always ask any Honors staff or faculty member a question, but each Honors student is assigned a primary advising contact based on your last name.  Here’s the list in case you need to check:

Haaf: Students with last names A-J

Swords: Students with last names K-Z

Alicia Swords 
Honors Program Director and Associate Professor, Sociology
Online sign-up for appointments:
607-274-7784  | 607-274-1209


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Honors Academic Assistant and
Residence Director of Eastman and Lyon Halls

Online sign-up for appointments: via Outlook Calendar


Brooks Minerbrooks-miner
Honors Residential Learning Community Associate
Assistant Professor, Biology


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Academic Advisor/Academic Advising Center Honors Liaison
Honors students can ask to set up an appointment specifically with me when they call the Academic Advising Center.  The Advising Center has drop in hours and appointment times
Monday-Thursday 9:00-4:00 and Friday 10:00-4:00. 

Summer Research Opportunities

(This has been updated for Summer 2020.)

The Summer Scholars Program gives students in all Humanities and Sciences disciplines the opportunity to work alongside dedicated faculty mentors to collaborate on mutually-enriching projects over the course of 8-10 weeks in the summer.

Scholars are paid to engage in their projects full-time, developing key professional skills that they can build on in their future studies and career.

Eligible students have a major within the School of Humanities and Sciences and will be enrolled in the following fall semester.

Applications for Summer 2020 are now closed. Please check back next fall for information about the summer 2021 program.

More details here. This is a great opportunity for Honors students!

Funding Sources

Honors Student Conference Travel Support

The Honors Program supports students who are looking to complete part of their Scholarly Engagement requirement by presenting their scholarly work at a regional or national conference. As part of this support the Honors Program will assist students with transportation, registration, and accommodation costs associated with conference attendance.  The maximum award is $500.00 for regional and $800.00 for national and international conferences. To apply send a 1-page proposal to the Honors Director (a) stating the funding requested, (b) justifying the transportation, registration, and accommodation expenses, and (c) explaining how this funding will help you purposefully complete the Honors Program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

The Pervi Study Abroad Grant

The Honors Program has two Pervi Study Abroad Grants of approximately $500 for Honors students studying in London in the fall semester and taking the Honors course, London as Text.  To apply send a 1-page proposal to the Honors Director explaining how the funds will help you fulfill the Global Engagement requirement of the Honors Program. Priority will be given to high achieving students who demonstrate financial need. Please note that determination of financial need is made on the basis of each student’s FAFSA, which must be current and on file with Student Financial Services. The deadline for individual proposals is February 26, 2016, for those anticipating studying abroad at the London center in the fall of 2016. Recipients of the grant will be notified before the deposit deadline for the London Center.

Honors Student Advisory Board

If you have any thoughts, concerns, or ideas about the Honors Program you can contact the Honors Student Advisory Board:

Board members:

Class of 2019:
Abigail Coons

Class of 2020:
Josie Berman
Samantha Weeks

Class of 2021:
Rachel Larkin
Tynesha Taylor

Class of 2022:
Kate Delaney
Lauren Leone